Essential Travel Tips for Iceland

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Travel Tips for Iceland

After visiting Iceland for 10 days, there were some things I wish I knew ahead of time. And on this post, I’m going to share with you travel tips for Iceland. Iceland is a very beautiful country with lots of scenic nature views. The weather changes from time to time, it can be sunny, windy, rainy or snowy all in one day.

During my recent trip to Iceland there were a total of 4 of us traveling together. I think that we saved money by splitting the cost of the transportation, food and accommodation. I definitely recommend to travel in a small group rather than solo since you can definitely save money.

Check out this list of travel tips.

Essential Travel Tips for Iceland.

1. Packing

Like what I have mentioned earlier, the weather in Iceland changes from time to time. It is best to be prepared.

– Must Haves: Hiking shoes, boots, top and bottom thermals, ski pants, 3-in-1 jacket, beanie hat, scarf, gloves and day pack bag.

If you plan to go to the hot springs, don’t forget to bring swim wear, towel, and slippers.

2. Flight

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When you arrive in Iceland and you plan to rent a car, there’s a bus outside the airport that takes you to the car rental (less than 5 minutes). If you decide to walk it takes about 10-15 minutes to the rental.


I recommend arriving to the airport at least 3 hours prior to your departure.

On our way back home, we arrived 2.5 hours early but we had to return the car (which took like 1 hour since there was a long line). Then, there is a separate self check-in and baggage drop off each having their own lines. We barely made it to our flight. I didn’t realize that the car rental and airport were very busy.

3. Transportation

Renting a car is the best way to go around Iceland. We made sure that we rented an all wheel drive. There were certain places during our trip that we saw others with two wheel drive get stuck on ice/snow up hills. Some of the roads especially F-roads are not paved. But on these roads you can find the best nature views in Iceland.

4. Accommodation

Check out accommodations in Iceland:

Out of the 10 days that we stayed in Iceland we only booked a hotel two times. Most of the time we booked a guest house. It was much cheaper since we split the cost. And we can cook there as well.

5. Food

Restaurant prices in Iceland are pricey. Many times, we cooked and packed our own food.

– Foods to try: Skyr (yogurt), hot dogs, fish & chips, and Egils Appelsin (orange soda).

– Save money on Food: Grocery shopping at their local stores like Kronan and Bonus.

– Bring water bottle: Save money by drinking tap water in Iceland.

Travel Tips for Iceland

I hope that these tips will help you on your trip to Iceland.

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Travel Tips for Iceland

Essential Travel Tips for Iceland.

Published 4 December, 2017

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